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PostPosted: Sun November 23rd, 2014, 02:38 GMT 
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This is a tough one to answer I'm sure, but what is/are your favorite vocal performance(s)? It doesn't matter if it's from a studio album, live performance, etc. I personally narrowed it down to my top 5:

1) I'm Not There (1956) from The Basement Tapes -- Although the lyrics can be flat-out indecipherable and nonsensical at times, you can just feel the emotion both in Dylan's voice and in the melody of the song. And the way he says "I'm Not There, I'm Gone" at the end of each verse almost sends a chill down my spine.

2) Pretty Saro from Another Self Portrait -- This was sung in his country croon voice and it's just beautiful to listen to, plain and simple. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSdVOEKW5YA

3) Idiot Wind from Blood on the Tracks -- One of those songs where you can also hear the raw emotion and feelings in Dylan's voice when he sings. I always loved the way he starts each chorus with Idiot Wind with such emphasis (eeeeeyehhhdiot Wind)

4) One More Cup of Coffee (Valley Below) from Desire -- The way he hits those high notes in each verse is proof, in my opinion, that Dylan had a wider vocal range at that time than some would've liked to have given him credit for.

5) Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine) from Before the Flood with The Band -- This is a live version from he was on tour in the early 70s with The Band and it's the first track from his Before the Flood live album. I think he sang this at the time when things were starting to go downhill with Sara and you can feel the anger and resentment in his voice when he ends the last note of almost every line by shouting it out with a sound of fury in his voice (you say you love me and you're thinking of me but you know you could be WROOONNGG, you say you told me that you wanna hold me but you know you're not that STROOONNGG)


So what are your favorite vocal performances from our friend, Mr. Zimmerman?


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PostPosted: Sun November 23rd, 2014, 03:07 GMT 

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i couldnt even pick ten, dylan's had so many different voices. what i will say is the first thing that came to mind was love minus zero - "at my window with bro-oken wing".


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PostPosted: Sun November 23rd, 2014, 03:10 GMT 
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A random smattering of 20 from the albums. Trying to factor live stuff is too complicated.

Broke Down Engine from WGW
Like A Rolling Stone from H61
You're A Big Girl Now from BOTT
One Too Many Mornings from TTTAAC
She Belongs to Me from BIABH
You Changed My Life from SOL
Every Grain Of Sand from SOL
Solid Rock from S
Queen Jane Approximately from H61
Canadee I-O from GAIBTY
Song To Woody from BD
Precious Angel from STC
Shooting Star from OM
Jim Jones from WGW
I & I from I
I Shall Be Released from GHII
I Threw It All Away from NS
Abandoned Love fr. D / Biograph
As I Went Out One Morning from JWH
One Of Us Must Know from BOB


In contrast to my hastily typed up list, for me the albums with the best singing throughout may just be BOTT and WGW.


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PostPosted: Sun November 23rd, 2014, 03:25 GMT 
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Foot of Pride came to mind. Many, many more.

Pressin' On too.

And Saving Grace...

Idiot Wind from Hard Rain show...

Recent Love Sicks and almost every Forgetful Heart.

Disease of Conceit

Highlands

Narrow Way

Positively Fourth Street

Tears of Rage

Where Are a You Tonight...

Fixin' To Die

Sitting on a Barbed Wire Fence

Highwater

Brokedown Engine

The original Watching a The River Flow, with Leon

Baby Let Me Follow You Down, Last Waltz

Many more...hundreds more!


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PostPosted: Sun November 23rd, 2014, 04:32 GMT 

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Bourbon Street

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PostPosted: Sun November 23rd, 2014, 04:33 GMT 
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Studio released versions off the top of my head after a few beers on the spur of the moment. This list is ever and always changing. :D

1. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right

2. Boots Of Spanish Leather

3. Mississippi

4. Baby Let Me Follow You Down

5. Tomorrow Is A Long Time


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PostPosted: Sun November 23rd, 2014, 06:40 GMT 

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That's just too tough. Sticking to studio albums, Foot of Pride is a stand-out, as is Blind Willie McTell. I adore his vocal on Tryin' To Get To Heaven.


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PostPosted: Sun November 23rd, 2014, 07:29 GMT 

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Something's Burning, Baby ~ Empire Burlesque
Where Teardrops Fall ~ Oh Mercy
Under Your Spell ~ Knocked Out Loaded
Ninety Miles an Hour (Down a Dead End Street ~Down in the Groove
Man of Peace ~ Infidels
Property of Jesus ~ Shot of Love
Saving Grace ~ Saved


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PostPosted: Sun November 23rd, 2014, 07:56 GMT 
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greenville wrote:
Something's Burning, Baby ~ Empire Burlesque
Where Teardrops Fall ~ Oh Mercy
Under Your Spell ~ Knocked Out Loaded
Ninety Miles an Hour (Down a Dead End Street ~Down in the Groove
Man of Peace ~ Infidels
Property of Jesus ~ Shot of Love
Saving Grace ~ Saved


Do not feel this troll.


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PostPosted: Sun November 23rd, 2014, 10:40 GMT 
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1958 to November 22nd 2014.

And still counting..


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PostPosted: Sun November 23rd, 2014, 11:26 GMT 
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SirDogg wrote:
1958 to November 22nd 2014.

And still counting..


Or this one.


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PostPosted: Sun November 23rd, 2014, 12:37 GMT 
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catsonlysummonjahid wrote:
1) I'm Not There


Can't narrow this one down, but agree Dylan did a great job w/ your #1 pick.
When best vocals mentioned, this great performance of 'simple twist of fate/oh sister', pops into my head; http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xpo6x6 ... ster_music

'she should have caught me in my prime
she would have stayed with me
'stead of going off to sea
and leaving me to meditate
upon a simple twist of fate
' (love the way he sings those lines) :D


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PostPosted: Sun November 23rd, 2014, 17:21 GMT 

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catsonlysummonjahid wrote:
This is a tough one to answer I'm sure, but what is/are your favorite vocal performance(s)? It doesn't matter if it's from a studio album, live performance, etc. I personally narrowed it down to my top 5:

1) I'm Not There (1956) from The Basement Tapes -- Although the lyrics can be flat-out indecipherable and nonsensical at times, you can just feel the emotion both in Dylan's voice and in the melody of the song. And the way he says "I'm Not There, I'm Gone" at the end of each verse almost sends a chill down my spine.

2) Pretty Saro from Another Self Portrait -- This was sung in his country croon voice and it's just beautiful to listen to, plain and simple. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSdVOEKW5YA

3) Idiot Wind from Blood on the Tracks -- One of those songs where you can also hear the raw emotion and feelings in Dylan's voice when he sings. I always loved the way he starts each chorus with Idiot Wind with such emphasis (eeeeeyehhhdiot Wind)

4) One More Cup of Coffee (Valley Below) from Desire -- The way he hits those high notes in each verse is proof, in my opinion, that Dylan had a wider vocal range at that time than some would've liked to have given him credit for.

5) Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine) from Before the Flood with The Band -- This is a live version from he was on tour in the early 70s with The Band and it's the first track from his Before the Flood live album. I think he sang this at the time when things were starting to go downhill with Sara and you can feel the anger and resentment in his voice when he ends the last note of almost every line by shouting it out with a sound of fury in his voice (you say you love me and you're thinking of me but you know you could be WROOONNGG, you say you told me that you wanna hold me but you know you're not that STROOONNGG)


So what are your favorite vocal performances from our friend, Mr. Zimmerman?



No on idiot wind on released version….he is caught 'acting' on that one….it is over the top and why the ny session is superior as it is understated and the words do the talking - no histrionics needed.

Best vocal on a studio album…off the top of my head…last line of official release of "If You See Her, Say Hello" ….working backwards from last word it all sets up delivery of the word, "time."


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PostPosted: Sun November 23rd, 2014, 17:50 GMT 

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"Freight Train Blues" on the first album where he holds the notes forever. A while back someone suggested Bob Dylan is the greatest alto tenor that ever lived. I haven't been around long enough to know for sure, but he has to be in the running.


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PostPosted: Sun November 23rd, 2014, 17:58 GMT 
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I'm bad at "bests," but I can pick a few favorites from each era.

Lay Down Your Weary Tune (from the Carnegie Hall concert in 1963. The whole concert is vocally stunning imo--Spanish Leather, Seven Curses, Percy's Song, et al.) and is my favorite representation of early 'folk' Dylan

Like a Rolling Stone, along with everyone else I guess. The vocal sounds just like the album cover.

This Wheel's on Fire The six CD set won't be leaving my 6 CD changer in the car any time soon. Love the vocals on about all of it, but whenever this one hits, I'm reminded of that quote about the Harry Smith anthology that I can't remember who said--"it sounds like the vocals are creeping up out of the ground."

When I Paint My Masterpiece and Pretty Saro (really all of ASP)

The whole of Blood on the Tracks, Desire, and Live 1975.

When He Returns (Live, San Fran, 1979--or just about any of those fall shows). It's pretty great on that Toronto 1980 boot too.
Blind Willie McTell (Bootleg Series Vol. 3) I get the classic case of the Dylan shivers.

Mama You've Been on My Mind from Brussels, June 17, 1998. I can't pinpoint why this one moves me like it does.

Things Have Changed vocals perfectly match the cool detachment in the lyrics

Just about every live Forgetful Heart.

When Dylan's on-breath, there's nobody I'd rather listen to.


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PostPosted: Sun November 23rd, 2014, 19:17 GMT 
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I could probably give several different answers to this, but some of my favorites are.

1. Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You (The Rolling Thunder Revue version)

Absolutely amazing from that opening "Throw my Ticket in the wind!!!"

2. Idiot Wind (Hard Rain)



I think Bob's most beautiful voice was the Nashville Skyline, Self Portrait voice. His most powerful voice was that Rolling Thunder voice. He's had several other great vocal moments as well, but these are some of my absolute favorites.

Bottom line though, I like Bob's voice almost always. Sometimes the way he'll sing on a lot of the NET shows gets really annoying to me, but depending on the show you're listening to he might sound fantastic on those as well.


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PostPosted: Sun November 23rd, 2014, 19:50 GMT 
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Here are 10 transcendent vocals from the Bootleg Series :

Moonshiner, Bootleg Series Vol 1-3
Call Letter Blues, Bootleg Series Vol 1-3
Blind Willie McTell, Bootleg Series Vol 1-3
Like A Rolling Stone, Bootleg Series Vol 4
Mr Tambourine Man, Bootleg Series Vol 5
Simple Twist Of Fate, Bootleg Series Vol 5
Can't Wait, Disc 1, Bootleg Series Vol 8
Copper Kettle, Bootleg Series Vol 10
Wild Mountain Thyme, Bootleg Series Vol 10
I'm Not There, Bootleg Series Vol 11

Ooof!


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PostPosted: Sun November 23rd, 2014, 22:38 GMT 

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In the midst of a self-imposed exile from the spot light, before a PACKED house, in a much heralded rock venue, (where IT all began), nerves KICKIN, Dylan performs the set of his career,,,,,,,,,,,BANGLA DESH......(BT raw is pretty good too!!!!!)


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PostPosted: Sun November 23rd, 2014, 22:53 GMT 
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Anything from Desire to Infidels included might be defined as *best* Dylan vocals.

Both studio and live.


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PostPosted: Mon November 24th, 2014, 00:27 GMT 
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Blind Willie Mctell
Abandoned Love
Mississippi
Workingman's Blues#2
Accidentally Like a Martyr
Something (MSG)


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PostPosted: Mon November 24th, 2014, 00:54 GMT 

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I'm shocked that nobody has mentioned knockin' on heaven's door


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PostPosted: Mon November 24th, 2014, 01:54 GMT 
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I love TUIB from the Renaldo and Clara footage:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwSZvHqf9qM

Lots of 1965/6 live performances

e.g., JLAW (Dublin - May, 1966:

http://videosift.com/video/Bob-Dylan-Just-Like-a-Woman-Live-1966

Among my favourite album tracks: Changing of the Guards (Street-Legal)
... and this red-hot 1978 (Nashville) live performance (audio kicks in after a few seconds):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsgHi_DvmM8


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PostPosted: Mon November 24th, 2014, 02:13 GMT 

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oldfan wrote:

No on idiot wind on released version….he is caught 'acting' on that one….it is over the top and why the ny session is superior as it is understated and the words do the talking - no histrionics needed.

Best vocal on a studio album…off the top of my head…last line of official release of "If You See Her, Say Hello" ….working backwards from last word it all sets up delivery of the word, "time."


You don't know when someone is acting or not acting--we all "act" all the time, anyway; singing is a performance.


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PostPosted: Mon November 24th, 2014, 02:16 GMT 

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Giuseppe Gazerro wrote:
Anything from Desire to Infidels included might be defined as *best* Dylan vocals.

Both studio and live.


From Blood on the Tracks to Slow Train Coming studio; live: '75-'81.


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PostPosted: Mon November 24th, 2014, 03:02 GMT 
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All of it. :wink:


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